For those who had seen this series, know that your enjoyment is first before the road that took you here. Whether you were looking for another Lie in April or romance On Ice, what you get here locks you into a captivating journey of young Tatara and his passion for Ballroom Dancing.
Before I go into the review, I just want to say that I appreciate the author for what she went through to get to get this far. She has a long period of health issues and it is it an honor to witness her passion as well as her flaws in the adaptation. The manga is by no mean finished and is actually behind the anime, but this still beats out the alternate ending of Elfen Lied and Deadman Wonderland from their manga by a long shot.
The story is as shonen as it gets, at least for a brief moment. The guy likes a girl and pursuit something that he sees himself doing and to earn the glory for his chance to be with the girl. He is shy and dorky yet He gets a coach that is secretly, greatly famous and has a mentor to look up to. With supportive friends and families as well as rivals, he began his journey to prove to the dancefloor that he belongs. Unfortunately, this is where the shonen stops. He gets beaten, took losses and lose the ideal vision he sees in his past. He has to grow and adapt to the situation while maintaining a strong passion for his art. He gets to meet with the ugly side of dancing and loss faith in himself numerous times. Does he ever give up? Yes. However, the cast is there to lift him up and give him a helping hand every so often, even when they are not there. He helped them in return and grow a bond forged through hardship and ambition.
Long Necks? Yeah, get on with it. Reusing shots after shots and moving a picture left and right for a more than a conservative amount of time? Some moments, this works. Many, do not. Otherwise, background, effects, choreography, and scenes are all nicely timed, placed, narrative executed.
Classic + Classy = Casablanca. The scenes matched the feel of each track as well as the style of animation. It simply does not care about the background music played for that performance but for the scenes it portrays. Its a mixed shift, but not unwelcoming.
As explained earlier, Tatara is annoying yet charming for any veteran anime watcher. As shown by a certain hero still in Academia, this MC is malleable for any show (or disaster) and the adaptation served as the frame that lets him blossom and blossom he did.
The cast is a strong pillar in this story, the water and soil to Tatara so to speak. Not only are they are nicely developed, but their lingering presence after their major moments still garner the attention of great importance. To give the supporting cast and Tatara a dancefloor and then let them grew just as he did with Chinatsu is nothing shorter than necessary. They don't always correspond very well with each other, but they are bound to each other and navigate their way through the world of dance. One of the major flaws of Yuri on Ice is the cast. Some very developed while other took a huge dip in the backstage. This show also balanced out the arc and make them important to all the casts and leave every episode on a very high note, for better or worst. Even the villains are just people with as much to lose as Tatara and their moment of realization and peace leaves an imprint in my mind. Even Tokyo GHoul sometimes faltered in this.
Some may argue that the characters have flaws, such as Kiyoharu's weird edgy moments and the ball being passed less to Chizuku as the show progressed. However, the later episodes have no adaptation to really draw from and the author can only do so much. Unfortunately, many people dislike Tatara for his more spineless and indecisive moments like other main anime characters. This is WRONG! It took a long time to get to, but the brief scene you see his mother leaving him shows just how much this affected him. He moved on since then, yes, but for a guy with divorced parent and a poor economic situation, his lacks of confidence are very logical. In fact, apart from those moments, the show seems to develop a good flashback for every social flaw each character expose in the series. It may not be as potent as March Comes in Like a Lion or as bloody epic as Tokyo Ghoul, but the road the characters in these series took to get to where they are is brimming with purpose.
Why? It gets me tears rolling down and feelings spilling out. This show is classy and necessary. It is driven with passion and honesty so strong that it twists the narrative into reality. To hold my feeling so tights and grasping my needs for a dose every week, it made me feel alive. The music, art, and characters are a family worth meeting. Will it get a sequel? Will I get a sequel? Life is too cruel not to.
Recommendations: Nodame Cantabile, Your Lie in April, Yuri!! On Ice, Haikyuu, Bay Step, March Comes in like a Lion and My Hero Academia.